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Iowa House to Install New Automatic Camera System

Recently, IRC met with the good people of the Iowa House of Representatives to put in place a plan for IRC to install an automatic camera system in the House. This system will work in tandem with the Request to Speak system and be used to capture video and sound of members speaking from the floor when their request to speak is recognized and their microphones turned on. The cameras – five of them mounted at strategic points in the chamber – utilize IRC’s software and the RTS system to pivot and tilt to the exact position of a member once that member’s microphone is activated by the system. Camera personnel and those working in the video booth have plenty to do as it is and the automatic camera system provides an immediate, sleek, and accurate transition to capture video of speaking members and prevents duplication of effort on the part of the staff. As well, in the circumstance of two members engaged in a debate, multiple cameras will be used to capture the action for the video booth staff.


Though the Iowa House does not have full-color LED displays, this would be an instance where the video feed could be displayed live on the chamber displays .


The final, single stream of video will be continuously transferred to a third-party website where the video and sound will be both stored and made available for streaming on the internet live and as archival footage. As per IRC’s recommendation, the Iowa House has chosen Granicus as the entity to provide storage and live streaming of the video/audio content.


 

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